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Laugen, N.J.; Erixon, E.; Huttunen, K.; Mäki-Torkko, E.; Löfkvist, U. Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention in Children with Unilateral Hearing Impairment: Clinical Practices in Three Nordic Countries. J. Clin. Med. 2021, 10, 5152.

Newborn hearing screening and intervention in children with unilateral hearing impairment : clinical practices in three nordic countries

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Author: Jakhelln Laugen, Nina1; Erixon, Elsa2; Huttunen, Kerttu3,4,5;
Organizations: 1Department of Psychology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), 7491 Trondheim, Norway
2Department of Surgical Sciences, Uppsala University, 75185 Uppsala, Sweden
3Research Unit of Logopedics and Child Language Research Center, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, 90014 Oulu, Finland
4Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Oulu University Hospital, 90220 Oulu, Finland
5Medical Research Center Oulu, University of Oulu, 90014 Oulu, Finland
6Audiological Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Health, 70182 Örebro, Sweden
7School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health, 70182 Örebro, Sweden
8Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, 75122 Uppsala, Sweden
9Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology (CLINTEC), Karolinska Institute, 17177 Stockholm, Sweden
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Language: English
Published: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-11-05


Studies have limitedly considered children with early-identified unilateral hearing impairment (UHI), and clinical practices regarding screening, diagnostics and habilitation in this group are rarely documented. In this study, routines for newborns with UHI from screening to diagnostics and habilitation were explored in Norway, Sweden and Finland. An online survey was sent to hospitals responsible for the hearing diagnostics of children requesting information about their practices regarding congenital UHI. Responses covered 95% of the children born in the three included countries. The results revealed large variations in ways of organising healthcare and in clinical decisions regarding hearing screening, diagnostics and habilitation of children with congenital UHI. Finally, implications for policy making and research are also discussed.

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Series: Journal of clinical medicine
ISSN: 2077-0383
ISSN-E: 2077-0383
ISSN-L: 2077-0383
Volume: 10
Issue: 21
Article number: 5152
DOI: 10.3390/jcm10215152
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3125 Otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology
Funding: This research was partly funded by the Arctic Researcher’s Network of the University of Oulu, ARN grant 1/2021, and by Örebro University grant for new professors.
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